Starting 1 March, green start-ups from all over the world can sign up for the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. The competition has expanded to become one of the largest annual sustainability competitions in the world. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is for the winner. In addition to the prize money, all finalists will receive over six months of expert coaching to optimise their business opportunities. With this international competition, the Postcode Lotteries are helping start-ups from around the world to bring their innovations to market. Business plans can be submitted via www.greenchallenge.info until 1 May 2019.


Her Majesty Queen Máxima opened the new home of the Charity Lotteries (Dutch Postcode Lottery, FriendsLottery and BankGiro Lottery) in Amsterdam. The opening is the final act in a two-year renovation project in which a vacant and neglected building in Amsterdam has been transformed into the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands. In line with their mission of contributing to a fair and sustainable world, the Charity Lotteries have created the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands.


SOS Children’s Villages and WWF will receive donations

The Postcode Lottery, one of the most successful charity lotteries in the world and the third largest private donor to charities in the world, is coming to Norway. SOS Children’s Villages and the World Wildlife Fund in Norway are delighted.



In the run-up to Prince’s Day, the first Tuesday of September is traditionally also Duurzame Dinsdag (Sustainable Tuesday): a special day on which politicians in The Hague focus on sustainable ideas and initiatives. This year it was Stientje van Veldhoven, Secretary of State for Infrastructure and Water Management, who took charge of the Duurzame Dinsdag briefcase. This briefcase contained 359 innovative and inspiring ideas from society. The best initiatives were rewarded today.

Every year on this day, three people who have been working for years on sustainability receive a Duurzaam Lintje (Sustainability Ribbon). This year, one of them is the co-founder and CEO of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, Boudewijn Poelmann. Sigrid van Aken, director of the Postcode Lottery, received the ribbon on behalf of Boudewijn Poelmann from Ruud Koornstra, an entrepreneur and the first Energy Commissioner of the Netherlands, who himself was awarded a ribbon last year.


Newsroom archive

  1. Start-ups from the UK, Estonia, the Netherlands and the United States compete for grand prize of €500,000
  2. Bill Clinton visits the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands
  3. 25 Green start-ups in the running to win €500,000 in green business competition
  4. Dorine Manson appointed managing director of the Dutch Charity Lotteries
  5. A new all-time high: 844 green start-ups in the running for €500,000
  6. The world’s greenest ideas and €1 million in prize money
  7. Leonardo DiCaprio calls for a joint approach to preserving the planet
  8. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world (2017)
  9. Postcode Lottery receives licence in Norway
  10. Rwandan start-up EarthEnable wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  11. Five start-ups compete head to head for investment of half a million euros in cash
  12. 25 start-ups still in the running for the grand prize of €500.000
  13. A record number of 515 green entrepreneurs in the running for 500,000 euros
  14. Green start-ups can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  15. Charity lotteries listed as a Dutch tradition in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory (UNESCO)
  16. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world
  17. Dutch start-up PHYSEE wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
  18. The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany
  19. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries world’s 3rd largest private charity donor
  20. Change of leadership Novamedia Sverige AB
  21. Five sustainable start-ups compete for €500,000 prize
  22. Annemiek is People’s Postcode Lottery’s First Woman
  23. Swedish Postcode Lottery raises more than 120 million EUR for good causes
  24. Charities to receive €302 million from Postcode Lottery
  25. Chelsea Clinton joins People's Postcode Lottery to celebrate over £10,000,000 for good causes at Charity Gala
  26. Swedish Postcode Lottery’s record donations: SEK 945 million
  27. Postcode Lottery raises record €284 million for charity
  28. More and more Dutch choose which charities to play for
  29. Lottery players' support gains importance for cultural institutions
  30. Winning is a 'dream come true' for Scottish charities